Shelter in Place Or Evacuate
Once you start building a plan for you and your family one of the first, most important things that you need to consider is what types of situations would cause you to shelter in place vs. evacuation.
I’ll always choose staying in place rather than evacuating if I’m given the choice. My home is where I have the bulk of my emergency supplies. I also know the area and know where I would look for additional supplies if I needed them.
I can literally stay for several months without stepping outside my front door. I was careful when choosing where to live to be close to hospitals and areas where emergency supplies would likely be first available.
I also thought long and hard about security and how to keep my family safe in a number of different situations.
Evacuating To A Bug Out Location
If you’ve read anything that I’ve written you know that I’m just not a strong believer in the idea of evacuating to a mountain cabin or something else that is located in the middle of no where in case of an emergency.
First – there would be no medical care anywhere close by in a remote area and these areas would be the last to receive any emergency assistance.
Second – the trip to such a location could be perilous depending upon the timing and the situation. If you start too late you could get stuck in traffic or behind road blocks. So if you decide to evacuate it should be early and carried out quickly with multiple exit routes and strategies.
Third – securing a remote location from looters both before and after a disaster could be dangerous. It would be you against anyone that knows you have what they want and need.
Fourth – few evacuation locations are remote enough that you could build, much less stock and then inhabit a remote location during a disaster without locals knowing what you were doing and that you had things that they might want.
Fifth – unless there was a disaster so catastrophic that the remote evacuation location wouldn’t even be safe, cities are going to be the first place where emergency responders are going to arrive – to restore order and deliver emergency supplies. In a remote bug out location you are going to be on your own.
A Better Idea For Bugging Out
Still, evacuating your home should always be a part of the plans that you consider. Conditions could very easily make your home unsafe to stay at for an unknown amount of time.
So an important part of your planning should be how you are going to evacuate and where you are going to go.
During a disaster that is large enough that you feel that you need to leave your primary base of operations you should be able to get there in one tank of gas.
There is a good chance that gas stations will be closed, out of gas, or bogged down with panicking people trying to get gas. Always make sure that you have enough fuel in whatever vehicle(s) that you would take to get to your bug out location without stopping.
A Safer Bug Out Location
Many times when we start prepping the natural impulse is to go it alone and keep your preparations secret. And there are good reasons for this.
But here is my suggestion for a safer, simpler way to have a bug out location. Instead of having a Bug Out location in the mountains or out in the middle of no-where, consider finding like minded Preppers in cities around you.
That way you have a location in another town or city that you can retreat to that is already set up and manned. During a disaster many preppers would be happy to have an extra set of arms for security and safety.
You can even rent a storage locker in those locations to have extra supplies that you can access if they are needed so your arrival is an added benefit.